Time Trials?

It’s been a shameful while since we’ve written, but the kids have been keeping us busy. We’re now in the last few weeks of training before our marathon in Tanzania, and so running has taken its toll! For my part, I’ve also been working with several of the kids to produce and record some songs they have written, before I leave Kenya at the end of this month (making the trip home for my sister’s wedding)!

Between the running and the music, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to film a short video, set to music by Mary (a student here at Tumaini). The subject of the video is ‘time trials’–the 7k or 10k timed runs that Coach Titus has us do every few weeks to get a feel for how the kids are improving.

On this particular day, as you will see, the time trials were not universally understood and respected, whether by the kids or by nature itself–but that doesn’t stop everyone from having a good time.

Enjoy! And let me know what you think of this glimpse into our daily afternoon routine. (Apologies for YouTube, whose compression ruins the audio and whose watermark obscures some subtitles).

By Jonathan Lipps

Jonathan worked as a programmer in tech startups for several decades, but is also passionate about all kinds of creative pursuits and academic discussion. Jonathan has master’s degrees in philosophy and linguistics, from Stanford and Oxford respectively, and is working on another in theology. An American-Canadian, he lives in Vancouver, BC and has way too many hobbies.

2 replies on “Time Trials?”

Sweet!! Thanks Jonathan! It’s really awesome to get a glimpse of life at Tumaini.

I loved the little interaction of the two boys – one encouraging the other to run later in the afternoon … so cute.

Also I was really excited to SEE Tbone and Em! It’s been way too long 🙂

Jonathan, Emily and Michael. Incredible video. I am the woman who was scheduled to come volunteer Jan 6 and decided to postpone. This video helps keep me in touch with my dream of coming to Nyeri to help and sure makes me realize how much I am missing. You all rock !!!!! Hope to meet you there someday soon.
God bless… Alice-Marie

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